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T-Mobile Lights Up 27 Wideband LTE Cities

T-Mobile has turned on its faster wideband LTE network in New York City, meeting its end-of-the-year goal of 27 total major markets covered, the carrier announced on Monday.

T-Mobile US Inc. 's wideband LTE refers to the 15 x 15MHz LTE channels that pair 700MHz spectrum with the AWS spectrum that it's been turning on across the country. It started the rollout in June with 15 initial markets and now says it has covered 27 major areas, or 120 metros across the US. The full list of markets can be found here. (See T-Mobile Talks Up LTE as Legere Apologizes for Outburst, T-Mobile Brings Wideband LTE to San Diego and T-Mobile Launches Wideband LTE in Boston.)

Specifically, in NYC, T-Mobile's wideband LTE now reaches all of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and northern New Jersey, with plans to turn on central New Jersey and Westchester County soon. T-Mobile is promising up to 50% faster peak speeds on wideband LTE versus its standard LTE network and says its customers in NYC have reported peak download speeds of 100 Mbit/s with averages of 22.2 Mbit/s. (See T-Mobile Customers Use the Most LTE Data.)


For more on T-Mobile's uncarrier initiatives, peruse the dedicated mobile content channel here on Light Reading.


It's been a busy year for the self-proclaimed "uncarrier," and it's not slowing down before the new year. T-Mobile's eighth wave of announcements designed to undercut the competition on price and/or shake up the way things are traditionally done in the wireless industry is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Unlike with past events, there weren't many hints about the subject of this round of changes, only promises that it will be one of its biggest yet. Uncarrier 8.0 will be announced via webcast tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. EST.

In the meantime, catch up on T-Mobile's past uncarrier announcements below.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

milan03 12/15/2014 | 11:48:42 PM
Re: Sparking wideband XLTE Not quite.

Wideband LTE is T-Mobile's primary FDD LTE layer, deployed on at least 15MHz wide contiguous AWS channels. All existing T-Mobile LTE devices are capable of connecting to their Wideband LTE. In addition to existing AWS LTE, they've been rolling out 700MHz (Band 12) LTE channels in urban markets not affected with Ch 51 interference, and in some rural/suburban areas. They're also rolling out LTE in the PCS (Band 2) in rural markets, leveraging the existing PCS capable antennas at the tower top, and upgrading legacy 2G basestations.

XLTE is Verizon's secondary LTE layer deployed in AWS spectrum in parallel to their primary 700MHz. It hasn't been aggregated yet. That's happening next year. Recent Verizon devices that have Band 4 capability can attach to XLTE, older Band 13 only devices can't.

Spark is Sprint's single TDD LTE capacity layer, not three LTE bands combined. Spark is deployed in Band 41, and Sprint has no near term plans for aggregating B41 with their existing 5MHz FDD LTE Band 25, and Band 26. Sprint is hoping to deploy intra band TDD Carrier Aggregation by the end of the year, aggrating two B41 TDD component carriers. Only recent Spark (TDD LTE) capable devices can attach to Sprint's Spark (TDD LTE) layer.
DanJones 12/15/2014 | 5:59:25 PM
Re: Sparking wideband XLTE Just ran a RootMetrics speed test, getting 9Mbit/s up and down on T-Mobile in our dense warren of an office in midtown. Will run some more tests outdoors and in Brooklyn and report back.
MordyK 12/15/2014 | 3:11:44 PM
Re: Sparking wideband XLTE I'm interested in seeing how this will effect coverage in NYC. I tried switching to them a few months ago but the indoor coverage was terrible, which ought to have been addressed with the new 700 spectrum.
DanJones 12/15/2014 | 1:10:49 PM
Re: Uncarrier 8.0 I would doubt that, but they're definitely keen to get people using LTE tablets on their network, so maybe a GB allowance and some kinda tablet rental scheme like they did for the iPhone. 

 

Just speculating here though...
sarahthomas1011 12/15/2014 | 12:16:00 PM
Re: Uncarrier 8.0 Hmm wonder what it could be that would make it the biggest move yet around tablets. Free LTE data for life?!
DanJones 12/15/2014 | 12:12:31 PM
Re: Uncarrier 8.0 I've heard that the next move will be around tablets (again). That's all I've heard though and from one person only so it's strictly in the rumor category right now.
sarahthomas1011 12/15/2014 | 10:56:11 AM
Uncarrier 8.0 Anyone have any predictions on what T-Mobile will announce tomorrow with Uncarrier 8.0? Place your bets here...
sarahthomas1011 12/15/2014 | 10:55:13 AM
Sparking wideband XLTE T-Mobile's wideband LTE is really the same thing as Verizon's XLTE (also 700 + AWS) and is similar to Sprint Spark, although that uses three bands of spectrum rather than two. It's an upgrade all the carriers are working on, and marketing differently.
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